Round 16 of the German Bundesliga took place last Tuesday and Wednesday, in order to ensure that the winter break can happen at the exact midpoint of the season and that that hiatus starts before Christmas.
Play began on early Tuesday evening, when Borussia Mönchengladbach hosted 1.FC Nuremberg. The two teams find themselves at opposite ends of the league table, yet there was no score at halftime. Mostly because Thorgan Hazard had missed a penalty kick just before the break.
The young Belgian with the famous brother made amends shortly after the interval, by giving his team the lead. Alassane Plea doubled that toward the end, to give Gladbach the deserved 2-0 victory and keep their flawless home record intact.
On Tuesday night, Hertha BSC Berlin drew FC Augsburg 2-2. with all four goals coming in the first 45 minutes. VfL Wolfsburg defeated VfB Stuttgart 2-0 and thus entered the European spots of the Bundesliga table.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund suffered its first defeat in the domestic league season, by deservedly losing 2-1 at relegation-threatened Fortuna Düsseldorf.
On early Wednesday evening, the two biggest disappointments of the season so far, namely Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen faced each other. Leverkusen came out 2-1 winners, leaving the Royal Blues in a relegation battle of their own.
Later, Frank Ribery took Bayern Munich fans into ecstasy with his late 1-0 winner against RB Leipzig, which puts the Bavarians within six points of league leaders Dortmund, who face second placed Gladbach on Friday night.
The remaining results that night were Werder Bremen-TSG Hoffenhem 1-1, SC Freiburg-Hanover 96 1-1 and Mainz 05 – Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2.
Besides the above mentioned big game on Friday, there will be six matches on Saturday and two on Sunday. The Bundesliga will then go on break until mid-January which for me is the most boring time of the year.